The man who jumped from the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge last week after allegedly offering cocaine to a police officer was identified Monday as a Hanahan teenager.
Brandon Michael Curtis, 19, died from blunt-force trauma, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office.
His body was recovered near Remleys Point in Mount Pleasant around 4:30 p.m. Friday, according to authorities. Law enforcement personnel from Charleston, Mount Pleasant and the Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded.
On Monday, the coroner's office identified that body as Curtis, and confirmed that he was the man who jumped from the bridge on Aug. 18 after leading police on a brief chase.
Just after 5:30 a.m., a Charleston police officer spotted a man in a black vehicle circling the parking lot at 475 East Bay St., according to a police report. The man rolled down his window, held up a plastic bag with a white powdery substance inside, and asked the officer if he wanted to do "some lines of coke, man?" police said.
The man sped off, and as the officer followed, the suspect threw plastic bags of white powder out of the car window. The officer discontinued the chase because of the suspect's speed, then watched as Curtis stopped his car at the top of the bridge. He then got out, scaled a concrete barrier and a fence, and jumped off the bridge, according to the report.
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